$139 Million, The New Number For Dick DeVos

Dick DeVos has given to so many organizations throughout his life that it’s hard to really account for every act of philanthropy, but recently he and his wife Betsy decided to make known the mysterious number due to Betsy being selected as Secretary of Education. According to all known figures and largely excluding any amounts they’ve donated to political campaigns, it’s been found that Dick and Betsy DeVos have given around $139 million over the course of their lives. Dick and Betsy have funneled some of their giving through their business, The Windquest Group while other funds have been given through the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation.

 

Dick DeVos’s family has always made philanthropy important in life, something that Dick’s father Richard DeVos Sr. did in conjunction with the company he co-founded in Amway Corporation. Dick started out his career at Amway where he served in various managerial capacities after completing his bachelor’s degree at Northwood University. It didn’t take long before he and his brothers Daniel and Douglas became vice presidents of the company and were tasked with growing the company into new markets. Dick briefly left the company in 1989 and started his own investment company, The Windquest Group that he devotes most of his time to running. But he did serve as CEO of Amway as well from 1993 to 2002.

 

Dick and Betsy have devoted their philanthropy to issues that have not only mattered to their political beliefs, but have also been important to strengthening the Grand Rapids community. School of choice has been their main target area reflected in various reform measures that Dick looked to get through while serving on the Michigan State Board of Education, and also a major part of their scholarship programs at the Education Freedom Fund and Children First America. In addition to education, healthcare has also been an area of philanthropy that even earned Dick the 2006 Spectrum Health Foundation’s Art of Giving award. Dick and Betsy also donated to the Kennedy Center’s institute for arts management in 2012.

 

Besides currently serving as Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos was the former chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party. Dick DeVos once ran in the 2006 gubernatorial race against incumbent Jennifer Granholm hoping to beat her when it came to addressing issues regarding employment and state taxes. While initially he led in the polls, he wasn’t able to perform as well as he had hoped in the debates and came up short on election day. He did continue to work with conservative think tanks and state legislators to enact other reforms including a 2012 right-to-work law. Dick has also served on the board of Grand Action Committee and is the author of Rediscovering American Values.

 

A Fresh Change of Pace: The Women Rewriting Rap

 

 

Rap has long been a male-dominated genre. But from the beginnings of the 80’s Queen Latifah and Salt-N-Pepa, to Missy Elliot and Mary J. Blige, to Ciara and Nicki Minaj big ass and brutal lyrics, it’s been clear that the talent for dropping verse (and moves) is electrified with femininity. And now, more than ever, the music scene is seeing an emergence of a whole host of promising, talented, indie-rapping women. Move over, guys. These ladies are keeping it the realest.

 

If you haven’t heard of Angel Haze, you need to change that. The detroit-born poor rappers jams are nothing short of potent slam poetry, set to an addicting production of beats and compositions. She’s brilliant crafting the lyrics, and brilliant spitting them. For ultimate chills, you’ve got to listen to her song (featuring Sia!) titled “Battle Cry”. For ultimate empowerment, listen to her raging duet with Bastille, “Weapon”.

 

Well known on the NYC scene for her sheer talent and personality, is one of the best dressed rappers Awkwafina. Her songs are so alluring that she needs to be known on the everywhere scene, though. Originally from Queens, this clever gal began dipping her toes into the public hip-hop scene after returning home from university in Beijing. She not only writes her own lyrics, but works on much of the production as well. She’s all feminist anthems and NYC-inspired bops. But the freshest notion of all? A sweet change of pace.